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Ireland Fellows Programme Seminar Day 2021

The annual Fellowship Seminar Day was held on 5 May 2021. This year, in line with the Irish government restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the event took place on zoom. Fellows from 25 countries were in attendance, as well as staff from the Irish embassies around the world.  

The event was opened by Feilim McLaughlin, Director of the Global Programmes Unit of the Department of Foreign Affairs, who welcomed the 2020/21 fellows. The fellows were then addressed by the Minister of State for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora, Colm Brophy, T.D. The Minister spoke of the importance of the programme, its long history and the esteem in which it is held by both the Department of Foreign Affairs and Irish higher education institutes.

Four of the fellows made presentations on their experience of living in Ireland and their current thesis research. Janet van Klaveren (Suriname) spoke of her passion for environmental conservation and sustainability and how she is progressing on the MSc in Environmental Leadership at NUIG. Felix Mugizi (Uganda) addressed the fellows on the importance of education, his work as an Education Officer and his current research in the area of inclusive practices in Uganda under the MA in Education, UCD. Tran Le Thu Thao (Vietnam) gave an overview of her research undertaken as part of the Co-operatives, Agri-Food and Sustainable Development at UCC. Finally, Neema Ngowi (Tanzania) spoke of her research into the effectiveness of international law in protecting migrant workers during COVID-19 as part of the LLM in International Justice at Maynooth University.

We wish all the fellows the best of luck with their upcoming exams and assignments. We are looking forward to seeing you at the next event.